Berkshire keep their hopes alive with victory over Warks
Berkshire 159 for 8 (M.Simmons 87; P.Cole 2-34) defeated Warwickshire 155 for 9 (N.Spragg 27, R. Wickson 26, R.Cooper 25; R. West 4-11; G.Smith 3-32)
Batting first, the Warwickshire batsmen failed to capitalise on their starts as Spragg, Wickson and Cooper were all dismissed in their twenties. Their total of 155 was considered par for the conditions.
For Berks, Richard West bowled an inspired spell over 4 for 11 from 6 overs. In reply, David Tooze and Mark Simmons started briskly for Berks, reaching 91 before Tooze was adjudged LBW off Roger Wickson. Mark Simmons played majestically before he was finally dismissed for 87 off 83 balls with the score at 142-3. With Berkshire cruising to victory, a mini-collapse saw them require another 7 off the last over for victory and eventually 1 run off the final ball. A fortunate inside edge by Ian Harvey past the keeper saw them home to the relief of the Berks players and supporters in attendance.
Player of the Match: Mark Simmons.
Umpires: Keith Boyall and Gordon Whickman.
Scorers: Claire Whickman, Brian Fowler and Eric Balakrishnan
Standings after Day 4 of the Malta Seniors Cricket Festival:
1) Yorkshire Ridings - Played 3 - Won 3 / Lost 0
2) Berkshire - Played 3 - Won 2 / Lost 1
3) Warwickshire - Played 3 - Won 2 / Lost 1
4) Essex - Played 3 - Won 1 / Lost 2
5) Kent & Surrey - Played 4 - Won 0 / Lost 4